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Paralegals, also known as legal assistants, assist in trial preparations, investigate facts, prepare documents such as affidavits and pleadings, and, in general, do work customarily performed by lawyers. Approximately 271,930 paralegals and legal assistants work in law firms, businesses, and government agencies all over the United States; the majority work with lawyers and legislators.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Legal Assistants
Duties Draft legal documents such as briefs, affidavits, pleadings, appeals, wills, and contracts; conduct legal research; maintain files; assist with any other duty required by attorneys
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Government
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Lawyer
  • Senior-Level Paralegal
  • Paralegal
  • Part-Time Legal Assistant

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